British man detained in Spain for involvement in Twitter hack
Written by on July 22, 2021
A British man has been detained by Policia Nacional investigating a twitter hack last July which saw 130 accounts on the social media network belonging to celebrities scamming their followers out of Bitcoin.
🚩🚩Detenido en #Estepona un ciudadano británico como presunto responsable del acceso ilícito a 130 cuentas de #Twitter, entre ellas varias de relevantes personalidades del mundo político y financiero de #EEUU pic.twitter.com/JkMwNQfPFE
— Policía Nacional (@policia) July 21, 2021
The 22-year-old male was detained by officers in Estepona investigating the hack in a joint operation with the FBI.
Twitter confirmed that 130 accounts were targeted by the criminals during the July 2020 hack, with 45 being used to send tweets.
Scam messages were posted by accounts belonging to Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Bill Gates, among others.